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Car wash approved for former Cheadle Hammersleys bakery site

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: August 17, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

The former Hammersley Bakery in Cheadle which has now been given permission for a car wash and valeting business.

The former Hammersley Bakery in Cheadle which has now been given permission for a car wash and valeting business.

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A FORMER Cheadle bakery has been given permission to be converted into a car wash and valeting business.

The site is located to the rear of 21 High Street and was formerly occupied by Hammersleys.

The bakery site is accessed from the Tape Street car park and has a parking area.

The plan, submitted by Stubbrook Developments of Foxt in June, came just three months after plans were put forward to change the building and site into a retail grocery shop.

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In approving the scheme planning officer Chris Johnston said: "Although the building is in a Conservation Area it has quite a modern functional appearance and has no architectural merit.

"It is far removed from the traditional bakery building which is listed and fronts the High Street.

"The alterations to the building to form a car wash and valeting business, which includes the removal of part of the building would not harm the character and appearance of the Conservation Area or the setting of the listed building.

"The building is in the town centre and the proposal would replace redundant employment floorspace with a new business which is acceptable in this location.

"Its location within the town centre and next to a large car park is also suitable and sustainable.

"Highway safety and the residential amenities, noise, of any people living above shops on the High Street would not be affected with the safeguard of standard conditions."

A design and access statement submitted on behalf of the applicants said: "The operation will involve manual washing of cars utilising power spray equipment and detergent and valeting of vehicles.

"A new egress will be created from the valeting area through a previously sealed off opening in the boundary wall which still has a pavement crossing and dropped kerb onto the access road to the public car park.

"The applicant does not believe that there will be a material impact on neighbouring uses in term's of noise and disturbance due to its location. There are no residential properties within the immediate vicinity and the proposed hours of operation reflect the standard operating hours of similar outlets."

The new business will create four full time and four part time positions.

The planning statement states that cars being given a valet service will be prepared and cleaned inside the building which will have a waiting area for customers.

It adds: "Most cars will enter the site, be cleaned, and leave immediately. Others will use the valet service and then leave via the access onto Tape Street.

"All equipment to be used will emit very low levels of noise and the jet washes are to be housed undercover to minimise any noise pollution into the local environment

The opening hours would be Monday to Saturday 8am to 6pm and on Sunday 10am to 4pm.

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